interview with Rivers Cuomo - September 2002

From Weezerpedia

Quirky, original and cool are a few of the words that come to mind when we think of the band Weezer. A band that seems to care about one thing above all: GOOD SONGS. Songlounge had a chance to catch up with the band's main creative force, Rivers Cuomo, at the Reading Festival in England.

Songlounge: How do you begin writing a song? Do you have a particular method or system that you adhere to when writing? Do you begin with the music or the vocal line (melody)?

Rivers: In general, my favorite method is GUITAR, then MELODY, then LYRICS.

SL: In your opinion, what is the special ingredient that can transform a bland pop song into a quirky and edgy one like the ones you write?

Rivers: Don't try to be quirky; just write from your personal experience and it will automatically have an individual style.

SL: Do you rely on musicianship or instinct when crafting a song?

Rivers: Only instincts are worth a damn when it comes to creating. That's not to say, however, that you shouldn't TRAIN yourself with rules until they become INSTINCT.

SL: Do you think that collaboration can lead a song astray? In other words, can a song lose its focus if there are too many cooks in the kitchen?

Rivers: I think collaboration is essential to creating complex, well-rounded music.

We would like to thank Rivers and Weezer!

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